The Honolua Forest vow renewal location is what Carolyn and Joey chose after looking at nearly every wedding venue available on the island. We think they chose the perfect Maui vow renewal ceremony location. They visit Maui nearly every year and wished to celebrate 10 years of marriage on the island. We were so pleased to work with Carolyn and Joey in planning their intimate and special vow renewal along with their 2 sons.
Congratulations and Aloha to Maui Honolua Forest Carolyn and Joey! Best Wishes and lots of love and aloha to both of you and your two sons!
A wedding is one of the most important events in one’s lifetime. Planning a Maui destination wedding can be one of the most stressful situations one will ever experience. Yet, the wedding day is supposed to be one of the happiest and memorable days of your life. The pressure of making everything so perfect, having a destination wedding somewhere that you are not as familiar with, entertaining guests with activities and events throughout your vacation, little sleep and family issues. All of the caffeinated beverages and late night parties that lead up to your wedding day may snowball into unhealthy sleep patterns that lead to higher stress levels.
Stress is how one responds to situations. It affects emotions and behavior. The less stress, the more positive your energy will be for your wedding. Too much stress may cause difficulty sleeping, tense and mood swings. To prevent having stress and anxiety on your wedding day, focus the following:
Get adequate sleep. The average adult needs about 8 hours of sleep. Lack of sleep causes you to be irrational, have less patience, and become easily irritated. Stress will show in your wedding photos and may prevent you from enjoying your wedding day. You’re on vacation. Turn off your electronics and mobile devices while you sleep. What do most people do when they can’t sleep? They turn on their mobile devise. We recommend to relax and get ample sleep. If you cannot fall asleep, try taking a short walk or having a glass of milk or water. Rest assured that your Maui wedding planner will take care of all wedding details as your plan is complete and ready to go.
Delegate duties. When one experiences stress, they may forget smaller details. Rely on your experienced Maui based wedding planner to handle your wedding details. Once you arrive to the island, your vacation should begin and your wedding planner will ensure that your day runs seamlessly. Having to organize last minute favors, name cards, etc. is last thing you will have time for during your vacation. Your wedding planner will have a preferred plan in organizing your day.
Try to keep a healthy sleep schedule. We know that it may take at least 3 days to sync into a regular schedule with jet lag. Keep hydrated by drinking lots of water. Water does not mean caffeine, alcohol or sodas. Water also helps with jet lag, beginning with when you board your airplane to Maui. Eat healthy. Cut back on caffeine, refined sugars, too much alcohol and junk food. These types of foods my cause you to feel sluggish and low in energy. You most likely had little sleep the days just prior to leaving with all the packing and last minute planning. Once you arrive to Maui, this will be the perfect time to optimize your sleep schedule and try to get 8 hours of sleep per night.
Exercise daily if possible during your vacation. This will help to blow off some of the steam that may be building up, then reduce stress. Try not to exercise within 2 hrs. of going to bed. It takes about 2 hours for your body temperature to return to normal following exercise. Try to wind down before going to sleep by reading a book or listening to relaxing music.
Try to manage your thought process to reduce stress. Talk to your partner. Communication often relieves the anxiety that may arise from no knowing the answer to questions or not having someone to bounce thoughts and ideas from. The ideas of laying in bed and communicating your thoughts and emotions with your partner will help strengthen your relationship and provide the peace of mind your need to get a restful sleep. Communication is positive and the key to comfort and successful relationships.
Unique table settings are a noticeable addition to a wedding reception and show that you care about each of your guests! Your table settings are a place where you may express your creativity. Carefully select your table items and ensure each piece is shines and is correctly set. Dress up your wedding reception table with personalized wedding decorations that are functional as well as decorative. Unique place card holders look great on the reception tables and double as wedding party favors. Maui is the perfect place for the most unique and loving table settings.
Private Maui Wedding Ceremony and Dinner
The Maui Wedding Decorating Guide is designed to help couples understand the many small details and dedicated time required to set up special events. How do you create a magical and boutique wedding and reception design that guests will love and remember forever? Your Maui wedding planner will guide you through the process of creating your unique and special design, tend to the fine details and meticulously set your wedding decorations so that everything looks stunning! Your wedding planner has the experience, the eye for detail, the team to execute your design, and will know the timing to successfully execute everything. Your planner will organize a timeline that will be most efficient for the venue and vendors to be most productive.
Tableware and decorations:
Tableware and napkin choices are most noticeable for any wedding reception. These two items set the tone of your event design. Tableware is very detailed, yet simple to put together. Your sophisticated guests will notice the quality of your dinner napkin which shows the you care about your special guests.
Some couples are on a budget and choose the basic tableware provided by the caterer. This is fine. Add a nice quality napkin either in a color or a special linen material. Quality napkins are a simple item that you may buy from the mainland at a great price and bring it to Maui in your suitcase. You’ll want to give it to your Maui wedding planner as soon as you arrive so that your planner may pre-fold or press them in advance.
Think about how you can make your tableware and table decorations as special as possible? There are many choices when it comes to table design. Based on your wedding theme, choose the pattern that you love. Setting the table perfectly and ensuring that everything shines is what your wedding planning team will take care of. They have the experience to pre-set the reception table flawlessly.
A customized table setting adds great elegance to your reception, as the setting stands out most when guest sit down for dinner. Your caterer may deduct their plate ware and flatware from you catering bill so that you may apply those costs to customized settings. Your coordinator will assist you in keeping the overall table theme simple and elegant.
Names cards and table assignments:
One way you can make your seating arrangements very special is to create a seating board. This is a creative board of guest seating that you may set at the entrance to the dinner reception. When designing your seating board, your wedding planner will ensure that it serves the most important purpose of making it easy for guests to understand, and look beautiful. Your seating board will work in conjunction with name cards, table numbers, menu cards, and your tableware. Your coordinator will work in conjunction with your catering staff, pre-arranged seating assignments, and ensuring that each guest seat is organized and accurate. Your wedding coordinator may assist you with the overall design and organization. It can be clean and simple or personalized with calligraphy. Either way is elegant.
Cake stands and cake topper:
Since you put a lot of thought into choosing your cake and style, you will want to choose a nice cake stand that will best show off your cake during dinner. There are many choices of cake stands, so choose one that will match theme and personality. It doesn’t necessarily have to match your tableware, but more importantly to match your vision. Your cake topper will be an expression of your personality, relationship, family heirloom or simple flowers to match your theme. Together, your cake stand and topper will be adored by guests throughout dinner and will be a memorable setting for your photographer to capture.
You will most likely have some signage for your event to direct guests to your ceremony and reception. Signage should be as beautiful as possible as they become part of your site atmosphere. A creative wedding planner can help with this. Calligraphy is elegant and provides beauty while directing guests the right way.
Some couples love flowery designs while others prefer to keep it simple or wish to save costs with flowers and spending more on food and bar. Your wedding planner will work with your florist in creating your vision. Most importantly, provide detailed flower preferences so that your florist has a clear vision. Choose a stunning bridal bouquet, as your total wedding flower theme will most likely be determined by the style of your bouquet. Then, trust your florist to fulfill your beautiful flower order. Keep in mind that flowers are time sensitive, especially in the island’s warm weather. Also, know that flowers are seasonal and based on availability. Your reputable florist will provide a beautiful setting for your wedding, as well a placing small floral details in a picture perfect way.
Lighting is very important for weddings. If you’re having an outdoor reception, it may be affected by a whether or not it is a full moon. Make sure that your site lighting is bright enough for your guest to see what they are eating. The lighting design should cover every table and not leave out the tables set at the outer edges. Lighting should romantic and elegant, not too bright. Sometimes the cake cutting occurs following dinner. It would be nice to ensure that you have a pin light pointing to your cake to accommodate your photos so guests may admire the cake during dinner. Make sure there if ample lighting for guest to see as they walk to the bathrooms and parking area. It will be important to do a light check once it’s set up to make sure the lighting is set to go. Some venues may not have enough power to accommodate event sound, lighting, catering equipment, DJ equipment, etc. Make sure that the electrical works and provides enough power. If lighting shorts out, your event will come to a temporary halt until the issue is resolved.
Once your wedding decorations are complete, your vendors may provide the best product and customer service possible for your special day. This is the base for a successful and beautiful Maui wedding event.
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Alii Kula Lavender Farm Elopement
Our Alii Kula Lavender Farm elopement plan is truly the most mystical and romantic upcountry Maui wedding setting on the island. It was the perfect Maui wedding setting with stunning photography by Aubrey Hord and officiated beautifully by Ernest Puaa. The morning lighting was dramatic and as perfect as can be for this beautiful couple.
Alii Kula Lavender Farm was created by Agricultural Artist and Horticultural Master, Ali’i Chang. It’s dramatic 13.5-acre farm resides at an elevation of roughly 4000 ft. and is home to approximately 55,000 lavender plants and 45 different varieties of lavender. The farm offers so many photo opportunities with backdrops of the natural olive trees, hydrangea, protea, succulents and an exceptional variety of other plants. It’s rolling lavender fields and stunning, world-class, bi-coastal views are magnificent and unforgettable backdrops for special celebrations and gatherings.
The mystical Alii Kula Lavender Farm’s romantic setting is the perfect location for special Maui wedding elopements!